Marc Verwilghen

Marc Ernest Elisabeth Robert Juliette Verwilghen, born 21 September 1952 in Dendermonde, is a Belgian politician.

Marc Verwilghen
Member of Parliament
In office
28 June 2007  12 June 2010
Minister of Economy
In office
20 July 2004  21 December 2007
Minister of Development Cooperation
In office
12 July 2003  19 July 2004
Minister of Justice
In office
12 July 1999  11 July 2003
Personal details
Born21 September 1952
Political partyOpen VLD
Alma materVrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Ghent

Verwilghen studied law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Ghent and is the holder of an honorary doctorate from Ghent.

A member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD), he was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in 1991 and 1995, and in 1999, to the Belgian Senate. In the Chamber he served as chairman of the Justice committee, and headed two special investigative committees into the events surrounding Marc Dutroux.

He served as Justice minister from 1999 to 2003, as Development co-operation minister 20032004, and then as Minister of Economy (fully: Economy, Small and Medium Enterprises, the Middle Classes, Energy, Overseas Trade and Science) from 2004.

He was elected as a member of the Belgian Senate in 2007.[1]



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